The hashtag ‘Stop Hindi Imposition’ trends top on Twitter after scores of twitterati protested against Modi governments’ alleged imposition of Hindi as a mandatory language in schools in non-Hindi speaking states.
The draft education policy 2019, proposed by Ministry of Human Resources and Development, suggests teaching of Hindi in non-Hindi speaking states.
The policy asks the non-Hindi speaking states to follow a three-language policy in schools: English, Hindi and regional language; making Hindi a compulsory language in the process.
— தமிழன் பிரபாகரன் (@TAMILANTN55) June 1, 2019
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This comes a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s BJP government took reigns at the Raisina Hill.
Meanwhile, it has united leaders like Kanimozhi, Kamal Haasan, Vaiko and state chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on the issue of Tamil pride.
Later in the day, I&B Minister Prakash Javdekar reportedly said that the Centre has no intention of imposing any language. He said it is only a draft that has been issued, which will be decided by the government as per feedback from the public.
HRD minister, Ramesh Pokhriyal also clarified the government’s stand.
It’s a misconception that a new education policy has been put in place. The ministry has only received a draft report that will be sought for public feedback. PM Modi has clearly stated in the past that no language will be imposed on any state. pic.twitter.com/8ZBgxkBJEO
— Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank (@DrRPNishank) June 1, 2019
Both the ruling and BJP’s ally in the state, AIADMK and the newly resurgent DMK have used almost identical language to condemn the decision.
DMK President M.K. Stalin tweeted on the controversy and said, ‘In this regard, the MPs will express their strong opposition in Parliament!’
மொழி உணர்வு கலந்த தமிழர்களின் ரத்தத்தில் “இந்தி” என்ற கட்டாயக் கலப்பிடத்தை யார் வலுக்கட்டாயமாகச் செலுத்த முயன்றாலும் அதை தி.மு.கழகம் கடுமையாக எதிர்த்துப் போர் தொடுக்கும்!
— M.K.Stalin (@mkstalin) June 1, 2019